Gerayo Amahoro campaign turns to truck drivers

On 4 February 2023 at 06:32

The countrywide Gerayo Amahoro road safety campaign entered week nine with focus now shifting to truck drivers.

On Friday, February 3, Police met with truck drivers at different sites in Kigali and in other parts of the country to mitigate accidents largely resulting from reckless driving behaviors.

The Rwanda National Police (RNP) spokesperson, Commissioner of Police (CP) John Bosco Kabera, while speaking to truck drivers at Giticyinyoni in Kimisagara Sector, Nyarugenge District, hinted on their careless driving that sometimes lead to road fatalities.

"Gerayo Amahoro campaign is for every road user, including truck drivers to prevent behaviors that cause accidents and loss of lives.

When on road, remember that there are other road users, who also have rights that must be respected," CP Kabera said.

Observing traffic rules, he added, means respecting rights of other road users and that it instills road safety as a choice and culture.

Accidents involving trucks are in most cases fatal, and CP Kabera said that this is sometimes attributed to disconnecting speed governor device and speeding, drunk driving, overloading, driving when exhausted or under stress, and using a phone while driving.

"Be responsible when driving because any reckless act while on the wheel might be fatal. When you report anyone driving carelessly, you will be protecting their lives and that of other road users," the spokesperson observed.

Jean Claude Musengimana, the spokesperson of the association of truck drivers, said that Gerayo Amahoro campaign provides a moment especially for drivers, to assess their driving behaviors and make right choices that keeps them safe on the road.

"There are professional drivers, who put safety first, but there are others whose careless behaviors like driving while drunk, dangerous overtaking, affect the image of the good ones," Musengimana noted.

He said that as an association of truck drivers, Gerayo Amahoro campaign has put them in the right position to monitor behaviors of their members and taking action to those, who go against traffic rules, as a way of enforcing road safety and preventing accidents.